“Compassion is not a religious business, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.” – Dalai Lama

World Centers of Compassion for Children International

Betty Williams

Interview with Betty Williams

Nobel Laureate

Betty Williams along with Mairead Corrigan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work to bring peace in her native Northern Ireland.

“The Nobel Peace Prize is not awarded for what one has done, but hopefully what one will do”. – Betty Williams

In the 30 years since the award, Mrs. Williams has devoted her life to creating a new way forward, a movement to begin a reversal of thinking on how we deal with the injustices, cruelty and horror perpetrated on the world’s children.

“Thirty years in the field has convinced me of one thing, the obvious fact that there are no answers from the top down. Governments do not have the answers. Indeed quite the reversal. A lot of times they not only do not have the answers, they themselves are the problem. If we are committed to helping our world’s children, then we must begin to create solutions from the bottom up.” – Betty Williams

Mrs. Williams has traveled the globe recording the testimonies of children subjected to horrors beyond belief. It became evident to Mrs. Williams that legislation to protect children must be implemented to persuade governments to listen to the voices of their children and acknowledge their basic rights. It also became evident that centers of compassion and peace must be created where at risk children are treated with the dignity, respect and love they deserve.

As a result of many years of work, The Global Children’s Studies Center was founded by Mrs. Williams in 1992. This evolved into founding World Centers of Compassion for Children International in 1997, in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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